There’s not much more time left before this lesson ends, but we’re told to line up and observe one final exercise. So far we’ve been working on the first sword fighting drill in pairs: we have learned how to strike a mandritto fendente, block it by going from the porta di ferro position to posta frontale, and how to push through said block. Now it’s time to set that drill aside for a while: we’re moving on to the first two steps of the second drill.
A drill begins with the opponents taking their starting guards: in this case (just like in the first drill) the attacker is in posta di donna.
Making things a little different this time is the fact that the defendant takes the dente di cinghiaro guard instead of porta di ferro.